Monday, April 13, 2020

New 1973 Photo Found: Magma and Nico

It takes something very rare to make me resurrect this blog again and to add a new post. But this is one of those occasions.

Thanks to Kohntarkosz friend Olivier Fromentin for finding this unseen photo on a Facebook group.

This was taken backstage at the Reading Festival in the summer of 1973.

From left to right: Claude Olmos, Gerard Biakilo, Klaus Blasquiz, Christian Vander, Jannick Top, and Nico.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Vox Nostra, De Futura, and Other News

I haven't updated this blog in a while, as I have been taking a break from listening to Magma. I am poking my head out of the sand to give you a few pieces of news.

First, I will be at the Soleil Zeuhl Festival on September 18. I am so excited about this festival, created by the hardest working man in the world of Zeuhl, Alain Lebon. 4 great bands and good vibes. We tend to organize various Zeuhl Meals, so if you are going to be in Paris for this festival and care to share a meal with fellow loonies, let me know.

Second, I have been trying to get my fix of Zeuhl without having to think about Christian Vander.

I have been listening a lot to Vox Nostra, and band led by Pierre Minvielle, with Jean-Claude Delachat (formerly of Eider Stellaire) on guitar. They sing totally in Latin, but the compositions evoke classic Magma. Check them out here:

I recommend the song Doloris Puer to start with.

The Vox Nostra Facebook page is here:

Also, a great version of De Futura, arranged for an ensemble of cellos:

Friday, May 10, 2013

OH MY GOD !!!!! Magma July 7, 1973 - Newport Jazz Festival, New York

(Thanks to Uncle Meat for the Email)


NEW YORK, NY (Philharmonic Hall), USA
7 july 1973

01 tuning up (0:15)
02 Köhntarkösz (excerpt) (5:22)
03 Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh (34:42)

Christian Vander (dr, voc)
Klaus Blasquiz (voc, perc)
René "Stündehr" Garber (cl, voc)
Jannick Top (b)
Claude Olmos (g)
Jean-Luc Manderlier(k)
Michel Graillier (k)
Gérard Bikialo (k)
Stella Vander(voc, perc)
Teddy Lasry (sax, fl)
Michael Brecker (sax)
Randy Brecker (tp)
Bill Watrous (tb)

God and his Bible

Jannick Top has a new blog, where he will reveal HIS WORD to all of us disciples.

Good Boy, Jannick !!!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Monday, April 8, 2013